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Gassho Jizo, handmade by local artist


"Gassho" is the Japanese word for placing the palms together, a symbol of unity, appreciation, reverence, humility and prayer. These stylized Jizos offer their blessings to everything they encounter in a continual gassho. They were designed, cast, and glazed by a former resident of the monastery, Matt Levitt. Purchases support the monastery and this local artist.

In Japan, Jizo is traditionally considered the guardian of children (both before and after birth), deceased children, aborted fetuses, women, and travelers. In Sanskrit, Jizo's name is Kishitagarba which means "Earth Womb", "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", or "Earth Matrix". Kṣitigarbha is known for his or her vow to take responsibility for the awakening of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as her/his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. (S)he is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of the hell realms carrying a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness. Jizo embodies the qualities of vow, determination, courage, fearlessness, optimism, and benevolence.

The Gassho Jizo statue is a wonderful gift for anyone and especailly for those going though a difficult time in life, new parents, children, grandparents, or in memory of someone who has passed. It is also an elegant addition to your altar, office, or home.

3” tall with staff and 2.5" wide.

Pictured: Top: Bright Celedon, Bottom: Celedon 

Price: $30.00